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Jerome Sydenham & Kerri Chandler: Saturday

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Chandler and Sydenham’s impeccable musical taste is given full reign on this classy collection of organic house tracks. African rhythms, live percussion, acoustic arrangements and deep grooves melt together in a way only Ibadan seems to inspire. At only nine tracks, the average length is somewhere around seven minutes making each one a musical mini-saga in its own right. Indulging the prolific talents of the producers, each track unfolds in a cascade of sound, color and rhythm. An extensive live horn section adds depth to the afro-jazz of "Aro" while Congoloese vocalist Alain Nkosi Konda adds his urgent vocals to "Ko Ko." "Deconstructed House (Phase 1)" is one of the standout tracks; acoustic guitars underpin the uplifting vibe as Jania’s vocals float above all. Other songs follow similar suit with live instrumentation providing the focal melodic points, creating a warm, organic atmosphere. An expansive and original take on deep house, Saturday is a smooth, masterful collection, that will elicit repeated listening and induce a pleasant state of euphoria.

Courtesy of BPM Magazine/ DJmixed.com


Title: Saturday | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Ibadan


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